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Trial and error, again

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A couple of months ago I went in for my annual eye exam and we learned that I am in the early stages of glaucoma. I was referred to a specialist who prescribed a daily eye drop containing a prostaglandin analog. (That just rolls off the tongue, "prostaglandin analog.") She instructed me to apply the drops only to my left eye, so my untreated right eye would be the "control." The nerd in my really liked this approach.

Well, after a month of trying the first drops, I went in to be evaluated again and we learned that the drops had no effect. A little disappointing, but no worries - I was prescribed a different type of prostaglandin analog to try on my left eye.

And it's been another month and I went in again, and we learned again that the second type of drops had no effect. So, a little more disappointing. We have abandoned that class of medication, and now I am trying a combination beta-blocker and carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. That's a lot more syllables and sounds even more impressive "combination beta-blocker and carbonic anhydrase inhibitor."

These new drops sting a bit, and I need to take them twice a day which is a nuisance since each time I have to take my contact out, put the drop in, keep my eye closed for 5 minutes, etc. And the list of possible side effects include depression, fatigue, memory problems, mental fuzziness. Not saying I don't have some of those symptoms under *normal* circumstances! I started these new drops yesterday and have been dealing with a headache all of today. I'm hoping this is just a coincidence.
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    Hoping the new drops are effective
    2012 days ago
    Oh dear. That sounds so inconvenient, especially the part about holding your eye closed for five minutes. I think I would have to keep my eye TAPED shut in order to be able to do that, as it would be hard to just wait the five minutes and not use the eye. Things like this remind us of how important our eyes are, so you are smart to have had this diagnosed and to follow so earnestly and obediently the instructions of the ophthalmologist.

    And this reminds ME that when you last wrote about glaucoma, I realized how long it had been since my last real eye exam and vowed to go get my eyes thoroughly checked. Well, guess what. Haven't been yet! Shoot.

    I, too, hope your headache is just a coincidence (think sleep deprivation, Bemused!) and unrelated to the eye drops!
    2013 days ago
    Hope the new drops help you and are worth the inconvenience. Stinks that you wait for a whole month to find out each time.
    2013 days ago
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    I hope the drops work. That's got to be rough. Hugs!!
    2013 days ago
    I am keeping my fingers crossed that these new drops are going to do the job! Best of luck!
    2013 days ago
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